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    • Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
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Record ID: LANCUM-4AF424
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Lead alloy probably early medieval (Viking) weight probably dating circa 800 - 1100AD. The weight is circular in plan and the sides are convex tapering towards the base. The upper surface is flattened with a circular depression at the top probably for an inserted object now missing. The object is a creamy white in colour with an even patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail. The diameter is 20mm, thickness 20mm and the weight 24.99g. Viking period lead weights were often set with Lunettes type…
Created on: Monday 16th October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th November 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-10FB43
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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An early-medieval to medieval copper-alloy strap end dating 1000 - 1100AD. The strap end has a zoomorphic animal head terminal which is humped tapering down the sloping brow and separating the raised, sub-rounded eye sockets. The body of the strap end is narrowed behind the head and is an elongated trapezoid in plan. Only a short portion of the body is split in profile to allow for the strap to be fitted which have now corroded over. The terminals of each plate have a single rivet hole and the rivet is intact. The surface is abraded and has a dark green patina. The length is 44mm, the …
Created on: Monday 26th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 1st August 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-9331CA
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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An incomplete copper-alloy strap end of Early-Medieval date, c.AD 750 - 950. The strap end is of Thomas' Class A, Type 1. The zoomorphic terminal is in the form of a forward facing animal head with raised rounded pellet eyes defined by curving incised lines and a stub-nosed snout. The flat central panel has a convex-sided incised linear border which contains a stylised Trewiddle-style animal with a fill of niello. The reverse is flat and undecorated. The top is split to hold a strap. Both rivets are missing as is one of the holes and the other hole is broken. The length is 33mm, the w…
Created on: Tuesday 20th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th July 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-93250A
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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Probably an Early-Medieval, copper alloy stirrup-strap mount possibly of Williams Class A unclassfied type dating 1000-1100AD. The mount is circular and the front has a raised design in the Urnes style divided into conjoining gilded cells around a raised circular boss. The back is flat possibly with an iron core with three projections for attachment. The diameter is 19mm and the weight 2.70g. Generally this form can be dated to c. AD 1000-1100. Williams, D., 1997 Late Saxon Stirrup-Strap Mounts: A Classification and Catalogue York : CBA Research Report 111, ,
Created on: Tuesday 20th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 1st August 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-92F87A
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Copper alloy bar ingot with rounded and flattish ends'finger' form. The ingot is D shaped in section with a flat base and convex tip and tapers in width and thickness from one end to the other. The length is 45mm, the width is 15mm thickness 15mm and the weight 23.47g. The ingot is not diagnostic and is therefore difficult to date; ingots of this form in precious metals have been found associated with late Early Medieval period finds although this example is lighter than the 25g/26g unit suggested from Viking-Age silver ingots (Blackburn and Rogerson Medieval Archaeology 1993, 222-4)…
Created on: Tuesday 20th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 26th June 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-1BF0B2
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Probably an early Medieval sleeve clasp of Hines Form B20. Cast copper alloy with staining from gilding on its face, on underside of the clasp is the remains of the hook which appears to be a broken tab possibly bent rather than an eye fixing or hoop. There does not appear to be any circular attachment projections but there does appear to be two broken attachment holes. Along the length of the clasp runs a vertical groove and at either side of the tab are incised vertical lines. The length is 30mm, the width is 12mm and the weight 3.94g. Ref: Hines, J., 1993 Clasps Hektespenner Agra…
Created on: Tuesday 9th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 11th May 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-F4CFCC
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Early Medieval copper alloy disc Style II decorated with zoomorphic animals and gilded dating from the late sixth to the first half of the seventh century AD. It is likely that this object would have decorated the bridle/breast harness of the horse. A complete gilded copper alloy early medieval (early Anglo-Saxon) mount, possibly form a horse's harness. It consists of a circular copper alloy plate with a raised border around the outside of the outer face and raised chip-carved Style II zoomorphic interlace decoration in the centre. The settings have a single beaded collar around the …
Created on: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th July 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-F2FB44
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Copper alloy object that is either a disc mount possibly from the bow of an Early Medieval gilt copper alloy Great Square-headed brooch or a much later brooch in poor condition. The object is circular and the centre is unusual and appears to be decorated with a foliate design within a raised beaded border which suggests that it is a late piece into the Medieval or even post-medieval period. The reverse has a short broken rivet projecting from the centre which would have originally have gone through a hole in the bow of the brooch or used for attachment as a mount. Examples are known …
Created on: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 25th April 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-A90A9D
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Probably an Early medieval biconvex cast lead weight probably a spindle whorl probably dating from the 9th to the 11th century. It is decorated with a raised zigzag or radiating line pattern and on the other side is worn smooth but was possibly a stylised star motif. The diameter is 30mm and the weight 45.28g
Created on: Thursday 16th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th March 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-682DB1
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Lead alloy Early Medieval sword pommel probably Petersen type X dating 950-1000AD. A rectangular opening in the base would have housed the tang of the grip, and a hole through the hump would have been for the end of the tang with a cap or rivet on the end. The lead is patinated and scratched. The lead pommel exhibits the staining from gilding and appears to depict a bird with folded back wings. The pommel conforms most closely to Oakshott's Type A or Type B forms, suggesting a date of between AD 950 and AD 1100. It appears to be something of a transition between a later Viking or Angl…
Created on: Monday 13th March 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-67B98D
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A lead alloy possible gaming piece probably dating from the Early Medieval period, about AD 700 - 1050. The object is a dome and the flat base has a deep cavity in the middle Objects like this are often described as gaming pieces but there are few excavated examples with which to compare them. They can also be interpreted as weights. The length is 18mm, the width is 12mm and the weight 14.58g.. Similar sized and shaped objects but made from chalk were recovered from Anglo-Scandinavian building contexts in York and have been identified as Hnefatafl pieces (Mainman and Rodgers, 2000). H…
Created on: Monday 13th March 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 28th March 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-EC0DAC
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Sefton
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Early medieval biconvex cast lead weight probably a spindle whorl probably dating from the 9th to the 11th century. It has a possible runic or pseudo-runic inscription on one side obscured by corrosion with a raised zigzag or radiating line pattern and on the other side possibly a stylised star motif. The diameter is 33mm and the weight 24.31g.
Created on: Tuesday 7th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 1st May 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-9CB512
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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Copper alloy bar ingot with rounded and flattish ends'finger' form. The ingot is D shaped in section with a flat base and convex tip and tapers in width and thickness from one end to the other. The length is 56mm, the width is 14mm and the weight 29.94g. The ingot is not diagnostic and is therefore difficult to date; ingots of this form in precious metals have been found associated with late Early Medieval period finds although this example is heavier than the 25g/26g unit suggested from Viking-Age silver ingots (Blackburn and Rogerson Medieval Archaeology 1993, 222-4). It has been sug…
Created on: Tuesday 7th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th February 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-9B555D
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Sefton
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Early medieval biconvex cast lead weight probably a spindle whorl probably dating from the 9th to the 11th century. It has a possible runic or pseudo-runic inscription on one side obscured by corrosion with a raised zigzag or radiating line pattern and on the other side possibly a stylised star motif. The length is 30mm, width 28mm and the weight 30.5g.
Created on: Tuesday 7th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th February 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-8AD0EF
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Ceramic pot sherd from a vessel probably locally made probably early Medieval 500 to 700AD. The fragment is quite coarse unabraded with a very dark grey fabric with a shell temper. The fragment is a body sherd and is decorated with 4 ring and dot motifs. The length is 37mm, the width is 37mm thickness 12mm and the weight 10.20g.
Created on: Tuesday 1st November 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 1st November 2016
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Record ID: LANCUM-61D655
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
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An incomplete copper alloy strap end of Early-Medieval date. The strap end is probably of Thomas' Class A, Type 1 Trewiddle style. The strap end is oval in shape with a zoomorphic terminal at the closed end now broken and an open split terminal with two rivet holes at the attachment end now broken. The strap end is cast in one piece but the attachment end is split into an upper and lower plate to allow the strap material to be fitted. The strap end is decorated with a raised transverse ridge underneath the attachment end with diagonal incised lines and a central hole possibly for a ri…
Created on: Tuesday 18th October 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 18th October 2016
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Record ID: LANCUM-4EDD1E
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
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Lead alloy early medieval (Viking) weight with copper alloy mount inserted probably dating circa 800 - 110AD. The weight is circular in plan and the sides are convex tapering towards the base. The upper surface is flattened with a circular depression at the top into which a copper alloy object is inserted. The diameter is 22mm and the weight 22.57g. The object is a creamy white in colour with an even patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail. Viking period lead weights were often set with Lun…
Created on: Monday 17th October 2016
Last updated: Monday 22nd May 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-4F0595
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cumbria
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Early medieval lead alloy weight. The weight is cast biconvex with a central moulded aperture. It has a circular perforation with an internal diameter of 8mm. The weight is decorated with transverse lines on one side and irregular sized pellets on the other. This object may have been used as a spindle whorl. The provision for a thick spindle probably indicates an Anglo-Scandinavian date. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1000. The diameter is 29mm and the weight 22.46g.
Created on: Monday 17th October 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 18th October 2016
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Record ID: LANCUM-A31FF2
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early medieval lead alloy weight. Suggested date: Early Medieval, 850-1000. The weight is cast biconvex with a central moulded aperture. It has a circular perforation with an internal diameter of 8mm. The weight is decorated with irregular sized pellets on one side. This object may have been used as a spindle whorl. The provision for a thick spindle probably indicates an Anglo-Scandinavian date. The diameter is 30mm and the weight 31.59g.
Created on: Tuesday 27th September 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 1st November 2016
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Record ID: LANCUM-AE3751
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Blackburn with Darwen
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Early Saxon copper alloy openwork disc brooch with four apertures forming a swastika motif. A catchplate survives on the reverse. There is no evidence for decoration on the front surface. Brooches of this type tend to date to the 6th - 7th Century and are often found in burial contexts or in areas where inhumations are known. The brooch has a backwards swastika design, achieved through the removal of four T-shaped sections, forming the openwork design. The patina survives in a very good condition, it is a light greyish-green colour and slightly pitted. The brooch is in a good condition…
Created on: Monday 22nd August 2016
Last updated: Monday 15th January 2018
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